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Friday Follies: Food Network Now Wants to Play Ball

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Baseball

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the ballpark, along comes Food Network with a new way to get into your wallet…

Yes, the Food Network may be part of the food lineup at your favorite big-league park this season. They’ll be providing signature (read: branded) sandwiches at nine parks: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minnesota (Minneapolis), Nashville, St. Louis and Texas (Arlington). I’m sure expansion can’t be far behind, if there’s any bit of acceptance by the fans.

What are these sandwiches like? For example, the Red, White and Blue Steak Sandwich will feature Maytag bleu cheese and Peppadew spicy mayo, in addition to the shaved steak and the bread, a French demi-baguette. (Fancy roll, for those of you who don’t speak French.)

Last I heard, many of these parks already had good food. Okay, it’ll set you back a solid second mortgage to feed a family of four, on top of admission. And baseball’s got the best prices per seat of any pro sport, near as I can tell. Certainly better than football or basketball. (I don’t have a pro hockey team nearby, so I can’t say anything about them; sorry.) Still, with beer at a minimum of $6 a cup and hot dogs for about the same, it doesn’t take long to rack up a bill to rival the national debt.

That said, the only info I can find on the price of the Food Network sammies is from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where the quoted price for the two steak sandwich varieties offered there will be $9.50 each.

Doesn’t look cheap, but in a relative way, it’s not exactly gouging either…

Enjoy the (New Food Network Food) Heat!

Entries in this series:
  1. Friday Follies: Weirdest Snacks, Dumb (and Hungry) Burglars, and Why Google is Like Bananas
  2. Friday Follies: Cakes That Make You Laugh (Maybe), and Which Food Best Represents Your State
  3. Friday Follies: Green Bugs to Replace Red Meat On Your Plate?
  4. Friday Follies: How to Pour a Beer Every Second (Almost)
  5. How Beer Saved the World (and, You Heard It Here First!)
  6. Friday Follies: Become a Professional Beer Expert (And You Thought All You Had to Do Was Drink)
  7. What's for Dinner Gets Automated, In a Weird Sort of Way
  8. Follies Extra: Is That a Chile Pepper On Your Plate, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
  9. Friday Follies: Oh, You Wanted the Mayo On the Side, Eh?
  10. Friday Follies: Eating Like a Monk During Lent
  11. Friday Follies: O No, You Got a Spork in the Salad Shooter!
  12. Friday Follies: Food Network Now Wants to Play Ball
  13. Friday Follies: Chile Underground Voted Number One Food Blog
  14. Friday Follies: Beer, It's What's for Breakfast
  15. Friday Follies: The End of the World is Nigh, and Bacon is to Blame
  16. Virtual Reality Gives “Cookie Monster” a Whole New Meaning
  17. Friday Follies: Do-It-Yourself Egg Art, and That’s No Yolk
  18. Burger Follies: A Fight Over Killer Burgers, In-N-Out in Texas, and Burger America Goes Second Edition
  19. Friday Follies: Once I Saw These, I Didn’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance…
  20. Friday Follies: Peppers Help Preggers to Pop
  21. Follies: Barbeque That Goes Where You Go, All Day Long
  22. Follies: How to Carry Your Liquor, and Don’t Do’s at the Bar
  23. Going to China for the Aquatics Championships? Don’t Eat the Pork…
  24. Zesty Chili Doesn’t Make Lingerie More Exciting for One Woman
  25. Follies: Edible Clay, Eu de Play-Doh, and a Website You Can’t Live Without
  26. Important News Concerning Two Essential Food Groups: Beer and Hamburgers
  27. Follies Extra: A Multitude of Uses for Beer (Besides Drinking)
  28. Chocolate’s Better’n Carrots, But Is Miracle Whip Really Good for Your Love Life?
  29. Who Says Lutherans Don’t Know How to Party? Watch This…
  30. There’s Something Big Stirring at UMass…
  31. Salsa Proves Too Hot for Owner; He’s Smoked…
  32. Would You Like Some Al Yankovic With That Veal Cordon Bleu? And Other Food-Music News
  33. A Salmagundi of Savory Silliness
  34. Doritos Situation Grave, and (Lust for) Alcohol Makes You Stupid
  35. “A Bear Walked Into a Grocery…” And It’s No Joke…
  36. French Ban Ketchup? This Means War! Again…
  37. Armadillo as Weapon, Bar Fun With Guns, and Another Humongous Burger
  38. Pizza as Vegetable? Okay; Why Not Chocolate, or Cheez Whiz, or Kool Whip, or …
  39. A Meal That Makes You Glad You Have Leftovers From Thanksgiving
  40. Why This May Be the Last Christmas Ever
  41. If You’re Going Out Into the Snow, Take Your Beer Along (Lots of It)
  42. No Eat Strong Pig, Eat Monster Gummy Bear Instead
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